Songkran delights in Sugarland

Songkran Thai Kitchen celebrated a successful first year by expanding with a second location located in Sugarland’s Town Square.  Echo-ing its modern Asian decor from its first location, the space feels perfect for anything from a family meal to a girls night out.

Owners and husband and wife team Chef Jett and Pastry Chef Jira, and co-owners Amy and Jiten Karnani pay homage to Thailand’s most famous festival, Songkran, an important Buddhist water celebration that marks the start of the Thai New Year.  Both Chef Jett and Chef Jira are from Bangkok, Thailand and built the menu using many traditional recipes from their homeland.  “Most people just think of Thai food as spicy street food,  but we have so much more than that.” said Chef Jett.   Along with a great menu, the Songkran bar also includes and extensive list of cocktails, wines, beers and sake.  I highly recommend trying out the lychee martini, a signature here.

I had the pleasure of recently dining at the new location which had it’s grand opening celebration on June 18th.  I started with the Goong Ka-Bok, a chicken and shrimp crispy roll with pickle plum sauce.  I’m a sucker for anything fried, and this was the perfect amount of crisp.  The Nuer Nam Tok, a grilled flat iron steak with shallots and a dry bird chili vinaigrette, came out next.  The steak was flavorful and came out at a perfect medium-rare temperature.  For our main courses we were treated to Pla Sam Ros, crispy whole red snapper; Neua Siam, braised wagyu short rib; and a side of Pad Phet Thua, wok fried green beans.  The Pla Sam Ros is a must try, a slightly sweet and sour sauce on this whole fried snapper was delicious, and the presentation was also great.  The Neua Siam was a dish we’ve never seen before, and it was explained as a Thai pot roast.  The beef was some of the most tender I’ve had in awhile.  Now after such a grand meal we were treated to dessert.  Let me tell you now,  that you have to save room for dessert.  The lychee & jackfruit creme brulee was one of the best creme brulee’s I’ve had in town, especially with the added touch of the fried banana rolls on top.  I could personally just order a whole plate of those and be satisfied.  The classic thai dessert Khao Neow Kati, coconut sticky rice with mango, did not disappoint.  Despite me already complaining of being full before we finished the entrees, I mustered up the strength to devour both desserts.

Both Songkran locations are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, and are both participating in this months Houston Restaurant Week.


Songkran Thai Kitchen 

Sugarland Town Center

2258 Texas Drive

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